July 4, 2015

Summer Caribbean Drumming Camp Begins July 7

 A Caribbean Summer has come to Topanga. Pulsating rhythms softly echo through the canyon as kids of all ages take up the balmy calypso beat created in the Isles of the West Indies less than a century ago. On June 17, the Topanga Library community room was full of folks, aged 0 to 90, listening raptly to steel drum artist and music instructor, Joseph Peck, as he demonstrated how to “feel the pulse of Trinidad.” Eve… [Read More...]

August: Osage County Provides Delightful Dysfunction at the Theatricum

 It is a unique privilege to sit beneath the oaks at Theatricum each summer and enjoy outstanding performances by the undisputed first family of repertory theatre in Southern California. Thus it was a particular pleasure on June 20 to witness the Geer family continue its 2015 “Americana” season with August: Osage County, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts that was brilliantly directed by Mary Jo DuP… [Read More...]

Fresh Dressed—More Than its Image

 Sacha Jenkins creates a beautiful far-reaching documentary about the 80s black experience. It’s amazing to think that two random kids on “Yo! MTV Raps…” circa 1988 describing Kangol hats, Cazal shades, Adidas hardshell shoes with fat laces as “fresh” would boomerang around the world and impact all facets of the culture to this day. Small as it may seem but that was seminal moment when a revolution was televised. … [Read More...]

Theatricum Discounts for Topanga Residents

 Theatricum Botanicum’s Americana summer season is offering special discounts to Topanga Residents. All summer long, Topangans pay just $15 to any performance of As You Like It. Simply enter code 90290A1 when prompted online or bring proof of your 90290 residence to the box office on the day of the show! Residents may also receive a 10 percent discount at local restaurants, Inn of the Seventh Ray and Canyon Bistro. Dine at either of these fine r… [Read More...]

Vegan Oktoberfest, Oct. 3-4

 Great news for food, beer and Oktoberfest fans everywhere! Vegan Oktoberfest is back for 2015 with more food, more beer, and more fun on October 3-4 at LA Center Studios for traditional Bavarian food, live Oompah and dance music and, of course, refreshing and delicious beer poured to perfection by dozens of great breweries! Tickets are on sale now with Super Early Bird pricing until July 15! Last year's event was sold out so be sure to buy your tickets… [Read More...]

Magic Mike XXL Leans into the Twerk

 Jacobs and Soderbergh switch director seats to make a superior sequel. In many ways Magic Mike XXL is like Ant-Man in that they’re genre films buried under the veneer of the superhero plot structure. Literally, there are five men in peak physical form and an indestructible woman reuniting to finish what they started years ago. Unlike Avengers: Age of Ultron, the muscle-bound men in XXL… [Read More...]